I don't know what happened. It seems that clothing got more expensive even though fabrics became thinner and less durable. I give up trying to find clothes that I like, that are on sale and that fit my body. So I'm going to start sewing more. Honestly, if I could figure out how to adjust pattern pieces to my measurements this sewing thing would be a piece of cake. I'm working on it but in the mean time, done is better than perfect.
This was going to be a dress, it still may become one. I have a few more steps to complete, like adding elastic to the waste and fitting this to my body before it either becomes a shirt or a dress.
The fabric was inexpensive, maybe $2 a yard, and I think this would look good on the cruise with white pants or as a dress. I would add a band of white material at the bottom if I make it into a dress.
Swimsuit update: I'm pretty sure that I am returning it. It is one size too big and I would never have enough time to exchange it before leaving for vacation. I did email Bravissimo and they apologized for the time it took to respond to my fitting advice questions and arranged to refund my shipping too. I did think about making the swimsuit fit because honestly, even with it being too big, it looks better than anything that I have found in the store. I am not nearly confident enough with sewing to alter clothes, especially something that will be covering my unmentionables while swiming.
Matt suggested that I make one, although he very quickly suggested that I go buy another one at the mall.